The 10 Best Nightlife Events in Shanghai This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and Ruth Ilott, March 21, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events on this weekend:

Mar 21: Xia

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Indulge yourself in the trance-like vibes of XIA this Thursday night at Dada. DJs Ancient Alias will be delivering on those trippy-beats, whilst Arno D will be mellowing it down with some cool chillstep and slomo tech. Later in the night, Aktüman is bringing back the vibe to a magical clave of ambience and psydub beats. What’s more, dream-like visuals will be exhibited by Marine all night to make you feel like you’re on the ultimate trip to a psychedelic paradise.

Mar 21, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing

Mar 21: Dub Attack 

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For all the reggae, bass and dancehall fans out there, Dub Attack is back for Vol. 4 at All Club this Thursday night. This event will headline top Filipino dub artist RED-I who will be playing his best tunes from his EP Mystic Revelation that is trending on China’s dub scene right now. Also on the list are Shanghai’s top dub performers MC JADO, Selecta MAZE and MC VBEC to present a sick night of explosive beats.

Mar 21, 10pm, RMB50. All Club, see event listing

Mar 21: Festival Iminente

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After the success of Festival Iminente in Lisbon and London, the intimate musical event is heading to Shanghai at Le Baron this Thursday night. Combining new music with new art to create a hypnotic experience, DJ Marfox from Portugal, DJ Shaka Lion from Brazil and the DJ collective Yeti Out from Hong Kong will be delivering the vibes at this creative and multicultural music event.

Mar 21, 10pm, no cover. Le Baron, see event listing

Mar 22-23: Drop It Like It's Neptunes

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SHAKE's six-piece band warps into hyperspace with songs by N*E*R*D, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and many more. It's a night of music written by the most iconic, prolific, and influential producer duo of the last three decades: Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, AKA The Neptunes. Singer/producer Courtney Knott stars in this show, joined by The Shanghai Sheiks plus late sets by Tony Hall and Matt Cooper. Change clothes and lose yourself to dance. Dress code: Star Trak vs. Tokyo Drift.

Mar 22-23, 6pm doors, 10.30pm start, RMB100. Shake, see event listing.

Mar 23: Italian Dance Wave Asia

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If you’ve never heard of the Italian dance-wave genre, then Dada has got you covered with Italian Dance Wave Asia who is promoting the new sound overseas that blends Italo and Asian sounds and rhythms. This night will showcase the cyber-punk and Asian electro melodies of Naples-born producer and designer Altieri, the multi-instrumental and experimental vibes of French music producer and beat maker Kaytv aka Tagge and then the Taiwan-born cosmic and synth wonder girl Velvet Robot.

Mar 23, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing

Mar 23: Alter. Lunar Dance Vol. 3

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Spring has finally sprung and we've been waiting for months to be able to throw that age old cliché in here. The excuse? This rooftop party over at The Cut. Alter. is back for their first outdoor shindig of the season, so cast off your coast and go on a "sonic journey" this Saturday. Ecpect classic house, disco, electro and more.

Mar 23, 9pm, RMB50 pre-sale, RMB80 door. The Cut Rooftop, see event listing, buy tickets.

Mar 23: MNDSGN

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Sway to chill beats and lulling rhythms as MNDSGN (pronounced ‘mind design’) continues his China 2019 Tour in Shanghai via Eating Music and Xiamen-based Beatween. Indulge in his creative spins on hip-hop and synthesized funk that have made him a household name in and around Los Angeles and will fill your Saturday night full of good vibes. Support includes Kota, Jiaming and Cruel Buddhist.

Mar 23, 10pm, RMB 160 pre-sale, RMB200 door. Arkham, see event listing

Mar 23: Riddim 'N' Vibe

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RnV are rolling into C’s Bar this Saturday night and are set to deliver the dopest Drum and Bass and Jungle beats with some Old Skool classics mixed in to make this a sick night to remember. Featuring the freshest sounds from Rabbit, Resinate, Roo and MC Jado, get your ears pumped for this groove-tripping event.

Mar 23, 10pm-late, no cover. C’s Bar, see event listing

Mar 23: TGTR with Edd Fisher

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The Aussie DJ Edd Fisher is putting on a full night of house music over by the Bund. The Melbourne stalwart has gotten ups from the Boiler Room and has been referred to as one of the city's most forward-thinking music minds.

Mar 23, 10pm, no cover. Electric Circus The Shanghai EDITION, see event listing.

Mar 24: Dancelife

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Made some decisions this weekend you wish you hadn't? Well if you're feelin' like doin' a little good and dancin' off your Sunday scaries, take an hour out of your evening and hit Z&B for the first monthly Dancelife session! Think dancing in the dark, but all proceeds go to supporting Lifeline Shanghai. Bring your own towel, water bottle and get ready to boogie.

Mar 24, 5pm, RMB50. Z&B Fitness, see event listing.

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